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carpel

Line breaks: car¦pel
Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːp(ə)l
 
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Definition of carpel in English:

noun

Botany
The female reproductive organ of a flower, consisting of an ovary, a stigma, and usually a style. It may occur singly or as one of a group.
Example sentences
  • The terminal female flowers consist of two or three carpels and no other organs.
  • Unisexual flowers with three white petals produce numerous stamens or carpels and both present floral nectar.
  • In the center of a typical flower are the carpels, modified leaves which enclose the ovules.

Origin

mid 19th century: from French carpelle or modern Latin carpellum, from Greek karpos 'fruit'.

Derivatives

carpellary

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • Moreover, newer technologies for peeling and sectioning grapefruit yield whole segments, with carpellary membranes largely intact.

Words that rhyme with carpel

carpal

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